Unfortunately, this website has been offline for almost a month and has missed the momentous events rocking the entire planet. In the last few weeks and days the spreading CV-19 Pandemic has crashed the stock market and closed down large parts of the economy of the US. and other countries, as selective shutdowns and quarantines are put into effect to try and slow the spread of this terrible deadly disease. AC and environs being a Casino town has been particularly hard hit as the 11 Casinos that supply the bulk of the local economies jobs have been ordered by the State to shutter their doors as of 10 days ago. The cascading effect on all the rest of the population and the local businesses has been nothing short of catastrophic. So far only 14 people have tested positive in Atlantic County with CV-19 but we can surmise many others have the disease but are not showing any symptoms. The State of NJ has been put into a lock-down by the Governor since last week. How long this will go on is on everyone’s minds?
The Margate Boardwalk Committee would like to thank the Margate City Commissioners for listening to the people of Margate ( the over 614 of them ) that signed our petition last summer asking for a referendum on this issue . Recently, we have also been collecting signatures on a 2nd petition to place an Initiative / ordinance on the books in Margate asking for that referendum. That request has now thankfully been answered and this question will now be placed on the Nov. ballot, as a non-binding referendum that will direct the Commissioners on this question in the future. From the start of this process, almost two years ago, we’ve always believed this question warranted a referendum and we also still believe that the non-voting taxpayers deserve a poll on this issue as well. Whether the Commission decides to do that will be up to them. First, however the law of the State of NJ mandates that the voters have to be asked and that will now happen. From our point of view, we are now one step closer to a Boardwalk returning to Margate on the beach. It’s up to the voters in Margate now to take it to the next step. Ultimately, the State of NJ will also be brought into the process through the offices of the NJDEP. We never said it was going to be easy, but allowing the voters to say where they stand on this issue is a good place to start.